The Minnesota Wild and New York Islanders were separated by fewer than 20 miles Saturday afternoon, when the Wild served notice they are not ready to fall out of the Western Conference postseason race.
Meanwhile, the Islanders offered another reminder they need to be taken seriously as a legitimate contender to make a deep playoff run in the Eastern Conference.
The Wild and Islanders will look to build on Saturday's momentum on Sunday afternoon, when New York hosts Minnesota at Barclays Center.
The Wild snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday afternoon when it beat the host New Jersey Devils 4-2 at Prudential Center. The Islanders mounted a stirring comeback from an early two-goal deficit and then bounced back from allowing the tying goal in the waning minutes of regulation thanks to Ryan Pulock, who scored 2:23 into overtime to give New York a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche at home.
Minnesota's victory over the Devils came in head coach Bruce Boudreau's 900th game behind an NHL bench. But Boudreau was far less concerned with the milestone than what Saturday's win might mean going forward for the Wild, who vaulted into sole possession of the first wild card spot in the West. Minnesota has played two more games than the current second wild card, the St. Louis Blues. >> Read More
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